Capitol Correspondence - 09.13.22

Congress Returns to Washington and Eyes Continuing Resolution

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The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are both back on Capitol Hill this week following a weeks-long recess. The top priority for Congress is passing legislation to keep the government funded past September 30 when the current funding runs out. Because the House and Senate have not passed the 12 annual appropriations bills for FY 2023, it is likely that they will be forced to pass a stopgap continuing resolution (CR) to keep programs funded at current levels and avoid a government shutdown.

The CR could also be used as a vehicle for attaching additional funding, including the $47 billion in supplemental aid requested by the Biden administration for COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests. Earlier this week, the White House released a memo indicating support for inclusion of the extension of funds for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) made available under the American Rescue Plan Act in the CR.

ANCOR will continue to monitor these ongoing negotiations.